Mercersburg Academy Squash Camp
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Mercersburg Academy Squash Camp
August 2 - August 7, 2020
Extended Day $1395.00
Day Camp $1195.00
Mercersburg Academy is one of the most exclusive and picturesque college prep campuses in the nation. Campers will be utilizing Mercersburg's Davenport Squash Center, which houses 10 top-of-the line ASB courts and viewing areas. All campers will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner in the school’s dining hall. Time for recreational activities outside of squash is allotted each day. At night the coaches will supervise the campers in one of the on campus dormitories. Don't miss the opportunity with ISA in 2020!
About Our Coaches
Niki Clement enters her 10th season as head men’s and women’s varsity squash coach in 2019-20. She was hired in August 2010. In her time at Haverford, the Fords have captured two men’s division titles and two women’s division titles. On the national level, Clement serves as the secretary for the Women’s College Squash Association (WCSA), which is the governing body for all national collegiate women’s teams.
The men’s team has qualified for the Conroy Cup during each of the last two seasons and achieved a year-end ranking of 28th following the 2017-18 season. That ranking was the highest for the program in over 10 years. The Fords College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships under Clement’s watch with the 2017 Chaffee Cup and 2012 Serues Cup. During the 2013 season, the men’s team was presented with the 2013 Barnaby Award, one of three distinguished national awards voted on by College Squash Association coaches and teams, which recognized the varsity team that displayed the most improvement throughout the season.
After winning back-to-back CSA E Division Championships on the women’s side in 2013 and 2014, Clement has guided the Fords up a division to the Epps Cup during four of the last five seasons. Her women’s team is coming off of a No. 28 ranking during the 2018-19 season, marking the program’s highest ranking since the 2005-06 campaign. The women's squash team and Clement were additionally recognized as the winners of the Clarence C. Chaffee Award for the 2015-16 season, presented annually to a women’s squash coach whose team has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, character, and improvement.
Clement, who graduated from Radnor High School, has played professionally since 2009 and ranked 78th in the world in the February 2012 rankings released by the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA).
Her collegiate career foreshadowed the success she has achieved on the pro tour. A 2006 graduate of Bowdoin College, Clement was a two-time All-American (2003, 04) and four-time Most Valuable Player for the Polar Bears, who finished ninth in the country in 2003 and never lower than 13th during Clement’s four years as the squad’s No. 1 player. A team captain in her final two years at the school, she received the Lucy L. Shulman Trophy for Most Outstanding Female Athlete in 2006 after earning the Most Outstanding Female Freshman Athlete Award in 2003. Clement’s career wins total is the most in Bowdoin program history.
Clement’s coaching career began while she was still an undergraduate at Bowdoin. She received her level-I coaching certification in 2004 then coached at several squash camps over the next few years.
Following her graduation and an internship with the United States Squash Racquets Association (then headquartered in Philadelphia), Clement moved to California where she began work on her master’s degree in sport management at the University of San Francisco. She joined the staff at the Decathlon Club where she worked as a squash professional and also gained collegiate coaching experience working with Mark Talbott’s Stanford University squad during the 2006-07 season.
Upon completion of her master’s degree in 2009 Clement accepted a position as a squash professional with The Squash Alley in Stamford, Conn., where she also serves as a regional representative for the women's committee of U.S. Squash, and began playing on the pro tour.
The Clement family is not new to the Haverford campus as Coach Clement's grandfather, Frederick T.J. Clement ’45, and great-grandfather, Dewitt C. Clement 1917, are both Haverford College alums. Dewitt excelled on the track for the Scarlet and Black, setting the two-mile school record, 10 minutes, 15.8 seconds, in 1916.
Ryan Tyree is Mercersburg's director of squash and a member of the English faculty. He arrived from Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., where he taught English and served as a dormitory head in addition to holding head-coaching positions in boys' squash and boys' tennis (for seven years apiece). Ryan coached a U.S. Squash Division 6 Nationals-champion team at Williston, and has worked with legendary coach Paul Assaiante on many squash events over the years.
He previously taught and coached at Eaglebrook School and taught summer-session classes at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts, as well as master's degrees in English literature from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and in secondary education from the University of Phoenix. His wife, Haley, is the testing coordinator in the Office of College Counseling. The Tyrees have two children.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Phoenix( M. Ed); Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English (M. English)
Check in/out: Overnight Campers check in between 1:00-2:00pm on the first day. Day & Extended Day Campers check in at 2:00pm on the first day. Check out for everyone is at 12pm on the last day.
Age & Ability: Camp is open to ages 10-18 of all ability levels.
Meals Provided: Overnight campers- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Extended Day Campers- Lunch and Dinner; Day Campers- Lunch Only
Evening Activities: After dinner, campers will enjoy more social activities including: movie night, ice cream socials, exhibition matches, recreational sports and workshops on recruiting, fitness, and leadership.
I felt very challenged at this camp and I appreciated all the feedback that I got from the coaches on my squash play. The coaches are truly passionate about the sport and they want to do everything they can to help us get better. Not only was the staff so friendly and helpful, I was able to make a lot of new friends while also playing with some of my current friends. I can’t wait to meet more people next summer and continue to improve my skills!
The caliber of the International Squash Academy staff is at a different level than any other clinic my son has attended. The level of instruction and the camper to coach ratio was phenomenal. They put a strong focus on individual instruction to each camper while centering the camp toward elite competition and sportsmanship. This is something I value very highly when finding a summer opportunity for my son. We are so excited for camp next summer and Joseph looks forward to bring friends to camp with him this year!
It’s so rewarding watching each player develop over the week of camp. Seeing what they learn in the drills transfer over to their squash games at our camps is great to see. We really like to focus on the competitive play but at the same time have fun with it. Our goal is to make these players weaknesses turn into their strengths and it’s so rewarding when we’ve succeeded in doing so. It’s amazing to see so many kids passionate about the same sport my staff and I are. I’m very excited to help lead the expansion to Mercersburg Academy this summer!
Over the week-long camp experience, we try to help each camper unlock and expose their full potential while fostering their love for the game. They come out of camp with so much more knowledge of the sport! We help these athletes of all skill levels to reach an elite level of play. It’s rewarding as a coach when we are successful in that and we see the improvement day by day, play by play. Having the opportunity to pass my love for the game onto young squash players is a privilege. I look forward to coaching another year at the International Squash Academy camp!